Monday, March 28, 2016

Jambalaya Writer's Conference 2016: Journalism Highlight

The 13th Annual Jambalaya Writer's Conference is almost here! This year’s keynote speaker is novelist Neely Tucker. As a staff writer for the past fifteen years, Tucker is slated to cover the 2016 presidential election for the Washington Post.

Also slated this year are editors, agents, food writers, and poets. Physiologists, detectives, folklorists, and bloggers are scheduled to provide aspiring writers help and guidance when incorporating different aspects into their writing. Conference fee is $35 for early registration, $40 at the door.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Be Informed: Issues and Controversies

Bill Nye the "Science Guy" said in an interview with Mashable in 2013
"The information you get from social media is not a substitute for academic discipline at all."
He was talking about the ephemeral quality of information, the ability to share a thought or photo or article on a social media platform like Twitter or Facebook in a moment as well as the ability to digest that thought in half as much time and move past it. It's armchair thinking, getting your information passively from sources that... well, at best they want you to click a link or look at their page and at worst want you to have incorrect information.

No matter if the information is useful or correct, it can go by very fast online. Finding an unbiased source, one that is not trying to sell you something or written from a slanted point of view is hard, especially with controversial topics. That's why the library offers Issues & Controversies.